4 a.m., Dec. 9)
braces for OC Transpo strike after union rejects final offer
By Fred Sherwin
end commuters may want to start making alternative arrangements to
get to work Wednesday morning after talks between OC Transpo and the
Amalgamated Transit Union broke off on Monday.
talks came to an abrupt end at around 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon when
union negotiators rejected the city's final offer.
279 president Andre Cornellier says the offer did not adequately address
the union's concerns over pay, sick leave, outsourcing, operator booking
and scheduling, but the number one issue is salaries.
is looking for something in the vacinity of three per cent, which
has been negotiated in other jurisdictions. It is not known how much
the city has offered, but during budget deliberations on Friday, staff
adjusted their figures for compensation to reflect a two per cent
pay increase across the board.
talks resume tomorrow, OC Transpo's 2,300 operators, mechanics and
dispatchers will be in a position to walk off the job at one minute
past midnight tomorrow evening.
daily blog entry on Saturday, Ottawa Mayor Larry OBrien defends
the citys negotiating position while expressing his desire that
a strike can be averted.
certainly hope that ATU members choose not go out on strike
our offer is very fair in these tough economic times. .. Without
these important tools the City loses much of the flexibility we need
to manage the system in an economically efficient manner, says
the drivers elect to go on strike, commuters can expect to see a 20
per cent increase in traffic.
alleviate the expected increase in traffic, the city is planning to
adjust traffic and parking regulations downtown. For instance, the
bus lanes along Albert, Rideau and Slater streets will be open to
regular traffic as will the bus lanes on the Mackenzie King Bridge
and along Woodroffe Avenue.
will also be able to park all day where one-, two-, and three-hour
parking is currently permitted.
the suggestions the city is putting forward to cut down on the amount
of traffic is for workers to start planning car pools. To that end,
park and ride lots will remain open so they can be used as carpooling
points for people who want to share a ride.
is also suggesting that people bicycle to work, however, with the
recent snow fall and plunging temperatures it may not be the most
not least, the city is encouraging people to talk to their employers
about the possibility of working from their homes via the Internet.
while Para Transpo service will continue as usual, it may take longer
due to the increase in traffic congestion.
- 3% retoractive
to April 1, 2008, 2% on April 1, 2009, and 2% on April 1, 2010. Pay
progression for garage attendants will only apply to future hires.
payment of $2,000 to be paid following retification.
uncertified sick leave from six to eight days per year. Further, employees
would now be able to bank any unused sick leave up to 12 uncertified
days per year.
we are proposing expansion of mixed odd work to weekdays for operators,
we are committing to recovery time between all trips. We are also
proposing more straight runs (up to 10 hours) as a means to provide
more days off for operators. In order to ensure that concerns raised
around the issue of run-cutting are heard, we are offering to pay
a representative of ATU 279 to work with us on a full-time basis for
the next 18 months. Operators will continue to book their daily work
and their seniority rights will be respected.
hours of work to 14 hours per day with a minimum of 8 hours rest daily.
All operators to rest one full day per bi-weekly period. This change
is consistent with the voluntary proposal described in the summer.
to protect the existing rights under the collective agreement, and
the introduction of a consultation process that encourages collaboration
with the union in contracting out terms.
and Other Payments
paramedical benefits to a combined total of $1000/year for an increase
to the employee paid premium of $1 per week.
coverage for rehab facilities.
employees who qualify for WSIB will get an 85% top up (net salary)
based on 80 hours biweekly.
- 2 week
waiting period for maternity leave paid at 93%. This previously was
in bereavement leave from 4 to 5 days for immediate family.
of 3-in-1 jacket for Operators/Dispatchers/Messengers
of full tuition fees for apprentices.
allowance increased from $385 to $400/year and more specialty tools
will be provided.
allowance increased from $120 to $125 for 2010 and $230 for 2011.
and trade examination reimbursement increased from $90 to $65.
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